When you hear the name fuzzy navel, it may not conjure up the most appetizing images. But not to worry, the name is actually the combination of the two ingredients that make up this cocktail. The word fuzzy refers to the fuzz on peaches (for the peach schnapps), and navel refers to navel oranges. So don’t be afraid to get out there and try one. You might be surprised at what you find!
Story Behind the Fuzzy Navel
Surely you have heard of this silly drink before, maybe at brunch or a bachelorette party. Like most fun cultural phenomenons, you can thank the 80s. This drink was in its prime during the 1980s, which is not known for being the era of serious and nuanced cocktails. It was heightened after the introduction of Dekuyper peach schnapps in 1984. The drink is featured in “Bartending for Dummies” by Ray Foley around the same time, who mixed equal parts orange juice and peach schnapps, and thus the refreshing and fruity cocktail was born.
If you’ve never had one, you can think of it as a sweeter and less strong version of a Screwdriver, which mixes vodka with orange juice instead of the flavored schnapps. With the incredible popularity of DeKuyper’s Peachtree Schnapps, this drink quickly rose to become a classic amongst bartenders.
Making Your Own
A drink with only two ingredients is certainly ripe for experimentation, but be sure to use fresh ingredients to avoid making something that tastes overly sweet and processed. Typically when you order this drink at a bar it will be made with bottled orange juice, which is okay, but fresh-squeezed juice will always elevate the drinking experience. And with so few ingredients, you can really taste the difference. You deserve the best, so take the extra time to squeeze the oranges, you won’t regret it.
This will make for a delightful cocktail to enjoy at any time, even breakfast, after all, it does have orange juice! While this drink leaves nothing to be desired, it can be fun to explore new variations. You can experiment with adding some vodka to make it a Hairy Navel or add some lime to cut down the sweetness of the oranges.
- 3 ounces peach schnapps
- 3 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
- lime wedge (optional)
How To Make It
- Add the peach schnapps, orange juice, and ice to a tall glass and mix gently
- Garnish with a wedge of lime or orange slice
If you want to be traditional you can use a highball glass, but we think this is a fun drink to dress up tropical so don’t be afraid to break out the umbrellas and crazy straws.
Sometimes life, and drinks, are just meant to be fun. This drink is one of those occasions! This cocktail is meant to be enjoyed whenever you are ready to feel refreshed and like you’re sitting on a beach. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, we hope you enjoy this recipe and share below if you make any new variations!